Friday, May 31, 2013

Mom's New Garden–Tampa

Mom's New Garden–Tampa 8x8 oil

My mother is an amazing gardener.  She is happiest out there in the yard, pruning, weeding and designing.  My dad used to say that my mother transplanted her shrubs as often as other women re-arranged their furniture.  And of course he helped.

So this is her new garden in Tampa, where my parents moved to be nearer to me and my brother. (Thanks Mom and Dad!)  My clever landscape-designing husband also helped her with the layout and the choice of plants in the new plant zone.

These birds sculptures were transplanted from the garden in Maryland, and I think they look pretty happy in their new home.


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Coffee Break - Paris

Coffee Break–Paris, 8x8 oil
I snapped a few photos of these waiters while I was waiting for Chris and the tour group to finish up at Sainte-Chapelle in Paris.  I just loved the contrasting shapes of their black and white uniforms, and their distinctive poses.  They were actually smoking (being French), but I refuse to paint cigarettes. So I'll assume they were just enjoying their espresso–which I did paint–and laughing together about those silly American tourists taking pictures of everything.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Joose's Farm–Tampa

Joose's Farm–Tampa, 8x8 oil

So I invited myself over to my friend Joose's house. (Yes, the name is unusual.  It's a long story, you'll just have to ask her.) I wanted to do some more practice plein air painting and I had been inspired by her paintings of her favorite parts of "The Ark", as they call their little farm. She graciously accepted and we spent a wonderful Sunday morning capturing the charm of her backyard. Also I got to meet Reilly, her year old black lab mix farm dog, who is a sweetheart. He alternated between chasing the cat and lying at our feet, helping with the painting.


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Backyard Path–Tampa

Backyard Path–Tampa, 8x8 oil

I am reluctant to admit it, but I really am a fair weather plein air painter.  I would much rather work from a photo in my air conditioned studio than drive somewhere and brave the heat and bugs to paint outside.  But if you want to paint well from photos you have to have experience painting outside, the more the better.  And get some excellent instruction.  Which is why I signed up for another plein air workshop from my favorite instructor, Tim Horn.

And he, smart guy that he is, suggests that his students get out and paint before the workshop to warm up. (I guess I'm not the only fair weather plein air painter.)  For the first one I took the lazy way out and painted my own backyard. Isn't it pretty?  Thanks to my husband the gardener and some lovely pots from Annie's Garden Shed.

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